(urth) Palgrave History of Science Fiction

Ab de Vos foxyab at casema.nl
Tue Mar 6 16:19:33 PST 2018

Thanks anyway. It has been some time I read the books and much of them 
alas went over my head.

When are your books coming out?

Op 7-3-2018 om 00:41 schreef Marc Aramini:
> I don't want to start a round of Short Sun stuff (please, please, 
> please) but here is my take on what he may or may not be talking 
> about: some time after Horn falls into the pit on Blue, a Vanished 
> Person who also calls himself Horn appears to speak to our narrator. 
> That's the only new speciation that might have anything to do with 
> Horn - the rest Roberts refers to are the false clues Wolfe is giving 
> us that Silkhorn might be inhumi: (light, doesn't have a good appetite 
> - is he truly a normal man with his ability to walk through the woods 
> without being touched? (yes, he has made a deal with the vanished 
> gods, who are trees)
> Having said that, Horn dies on Green, goes into Silk's body who has 
> just faced Hyacinth's death on the whorl and has either 
> psychologically retreated or mostly succeeded in killing himself, is a 
> true amalgam of Horn and Silk as he writes On Blue's Waters in as the 
> Rajan of Gaon. When he sits under the tree at the end of On Blue's 
> Waters the majority of Horn's spirit goes into Babbie and becomes the 
> beast with three horns, then it is Silk in denial for the rest of the 
> book, Silk a man as he always was, until finally he is faced with the 
> truth with the passage invoking the death of Hyacinth in the writings 
> and has come home to a house that is not his.
> But hey anyone can believe what they want - I have zero interest in 
> arguing this one at all. Just trying to address what he might be 
> talking about.
> On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 2:46 PM, Ab de Vos <foxyab at casema.nl 
> <mailto:foxyab at casema.nl>> wrote:
>     Adam Roberts is a literature professor as well as a science
>     fiction writer.
>     In his "The History of Science Fiction" he devotes a short chapter
>     to Wolfe which he concludes by relating Wolfe to his (Roberts)
>     main thesis throughout the book: "Wolfe not only revisits many of
>     the conventions of 20th-century SF, he goes further back than
>     that, tapping into the deep roots of the genre, interrogating the
>     many ways in which notions of salvation are inflected by our much
>     broader materialist understanding of the cosmos."(page 439)
>     After treating preliminaries his history starts in chapter 4:
>     "Seventeenth century SF". Central is the dialectic between matter,
>     spirit and technology. Very interesting. His chapter on Wolfe
>     contains, I believe, some errors. He says for instance:"Horn may
>     or may not, mutate  into a new form of life across the course of
>     the trilogy. "(page 438) Anybody ring a bell. I thought Silk was
>     Horn but didn't want to give him up because then he Horn would be
>     dead as they were sharing the same body.
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